I’m in the middle of a project where I’m bashing a custom one off “what if” caboose and I got to thinking about the roofs on cabooses. It seems that modern caboose have roofs that are painted the same colour as the sides but the older ones have black roofs. I’m suspecting that when they stopped using wood and went to steel with the modern styles such as the bay window and extended vision versions they painted the steel roofs. The older wood cabooses needed a covering of tar paper or a rubbery material to keep the rain from getting into the wood and that style of protection was black.
My caboose is a mix of old and new. The roof is black right now but maybe it should be painted the same as the sides will be? A few years back I custom painted a long Aristo steel caboose after adding an extended vision cupola to it and I painted that roof to match the sides.
Perhaps once this projects comes together the black roof will stick out too much and it will have to be painted? We shall see.